Red Wings Down Wild, Lose Cleary to Fractured Ankle

The Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Sunday night but their already-depleted forward ranks took another blow.

After blocking a shot from Brad Stuart in the third period, Danny Cleary will miss four weeks with a fractured ankle. Cleary returned to play after blocking the shot and appeared to be fine but the extent of the injury wasn't known until after the game.

With the Red Wings already missing Mike Modano until March and Pavel Datsyuk for a month, Jan Mursak was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Cleary figured into the game's scoring, notching the eventual game winning goal at 8:59 of the first period when he threw a shot from the right corner on goal. It deflected off goalie Niklas Backstrom and into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg had opened the scoring 4:28 into the game on a similar play from the left side.

Kris Draper scored his first of the year at 5:30 of the second, tipping a Niklas Kronwall shot past Backstrom from the left faceoff circle to extend Detroit's lead to 3-0.

Tomas Holmstrom wrapped up the Red Wings' scoring on the power play with 6:30 left in the period, knocking home the rebound of a chance by Zetterberg.

Brent Burns scored on the power play with 3:40 left to play to break up Jimmy Howard's shutout bid.

Howard stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced while Backstrom made 23 saves on 27 shots.

Both teams went one-for-six on the power play.

Mursak will join the team for Monday's matchup in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.


Notes: Jakub Kindl was in the Detroit lineup for the first time since returning from his conditioning stint with the Griffins. He took the place of Ruslan Salei, who was given an extra day off by the team to spend with his California-based family for the holidays.

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More liberties on Homer...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2010 at 7:13 PM

 

Blown play there...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2010 at 7:15 PM

 

Zata!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2010 at 7:17 PM

 

Clears!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/26/2010 at 7:26 PM

 

Late start for me, caught the Cleary goal. Shots 10-3 this early, Wings must be kicking ass.

Cheap call on the Wild and cheap on Homer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 7:28 PM

 

Zidlicky and Howard trading great plays there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 7:40 PM

 

Holmstrom-like tip from Draper. Nice to see him get on the board.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 8:12 PM

 

Holmstrom with a grindy PPG. Great job of getting his stick on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 8:28 PM

 

Oh damn, Cleary blocking that shot didn't look good. He's still hurting on the bench, I don't think it's a stinger.

Edit: He looks better now but like they're saying, don't take that boot off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 9:10 PM

 

Ken and Larry jinxed it. Eaves needed to tie up the stick there. Oh well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 9:22 PM

 

Solid win, as usual after a bad game. We'll see if they can follow it up with another win tomorrow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/26/2010 at 9:35 PM

 

Ken and Larry jinxed it. Eaves needed to tie up the stick there. Oh well.


Yeah they did!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/27/2010 at 9:53 AM

 
Dan Cleary

Dan Cleary
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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